How the First Expedition to Antarctica Almost Failed

This article was written by Phin Upham.

Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer who had found fame by sailing the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In 1910, Amundson was preparing to lead an exploration into the Antarctic, his sights set on the most prestigious prize left in the world of exploration. The meticulously planned goal was to reach the South Pole, but the journey started with folly. Amundsen had been preparing for an expedition North, when he head that British explorer Robert Scott was headed South. So Amdundsen, sensing the competitive spirit, abruptly switched directions to pursue the South Pole. Continue reading